GCSE Computer Science
Title of qualification
GCSE Computer Science.
What will I learn?
Computer Science is a very practical subject – students will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems. It’s also a highly creative subject that calls on learners to be inventive. To help us develop this engaging, modern qualification, we talked to companies like Microsoft, Google and Cisco; organisations like Computing At School (CAS) and also teachers and academics.
How will this course be assessed?
COMPUTER SYSTEMS COMPONENT 1
- Study how processors work.
- Investigate computer memory and storage.
- Explore modern network layouts and how they function.
- Build skills in the ever important realm of cyber security.
- Investigate how types of software are used within computer systems.
- Stretch wider comprehension of how computers and computing affect ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues.
COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING COMPONENT 2
- Study fundamental algorithms in computer science.
- Build a firm foundation in programming techniques.
- Produce programs through diagrams.
- Thoroughly test programs and make them resistant to misuse.
- Explore Boolean algebra (AND, OR, NOT).
- Understand how we store data within computers in binary form.
A PROGRAMMING PROJECT COMPONENT 3
- Use new-found programming skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem of their choice.
- The project is carried out under exam-like conditions.
There are two exam papers at the end of the syllabus, one focusing on computer systems and one with a focus on computational thinking, algorithms and programming. Each paper lasts 1.5 hours and is worth 40% of the total GCSE. Students will also complete a programming project in the final year of the course that will take a total of 20 hours to complete, and is worth 20% of the final GCSE award.
What skills do I need?
- Require a grade 5 minimum in Mathematics at KS3.
- Have a keen interest in computers and enjoy programming.
What is next for me after this course?
Our GCSE (9-1) Computer Science is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including:
- A-level Computer Science.
- Cambridge Technicalss – IT Level 3 or Digital Media Level 3 (these are OCR vocational qualifications that offer an alternative to A levels for students aged 16+).
Are there any restrictions with this course?
Only access the Mathematical content if grade 5 in Maths and KS3.